It's hard to get too excited about something everyone knew all along was for the cameras that happened several years ago, but at the same time it's so incredibly meta there's a perverted attraction. Especially when you hear about the supposed snorting cocaine off boobs, or oral sex with a publicist that is apparently part of the film. Shock and awe backfires more than it hits so I'm a little worried about the quality here, as the originality of it doesn't even exist. They are aware Jackass is still around right? What are your thoughts on I'm Still Here?
After ridiculous amounts of rumors and speculation, Rooney Mara has been cast in the lead role of Lisbeth Salander opposite Daniel Craig in David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The best selling novel is the first of the three part Millenium Trilogy by the late author followed by The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Mara won the role over a who's who of younger actresses presumably thanks to her appearance in Fincher's upcoming The Social Network. She also played the role of Nancy in the incredibly meh A Nightmare On Elm Street remake.
The deals for both Craig and Mara are said to include options for the other two films, although it is still unclear whether Fincher will return to the director's chair for those. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is currently set for a December 21, 2011 release. [via deadline]
There haven't been too many movie updates to the site recently because I sort of got tired of writing about remakes of movies I liked when I was a kid, but we're inching towards the good part of the year, a new PTA film looms on the horizon, and there's some legitimately super hella awesome news floating around the interwebs today. Jody Savin and Randall Miller recently announced a new film called The Drummer about one of my favorite people ever. Here's the synopsis currently listed on IMDB.
The Drummer is the story of this inimitably talented but perennially disparaged man, the only true surfer of The Beach Boys and one of the truly original voices in Rock & Roll history. Intimate and personal, the story tracks the last six years of Beach Boys drummer's life, the younger brother to front man Brian, as he evolves into a creative force. Dennis Wilson digs his way out from under the shadow of his tyrannical father, corrals the demons and harnesses the will to tap his own artistry in order to create the critically applauded Pacific Ocean Blue. The film starts in the midst of The Beach Boys' fame and follows Dennis' journey, replete with decadence, drugs, love and tragedy. Despite Dennis' fall into drugs and alcohol, ultimately it is his music and his uniquely magnanimous spirit that endures.
This is just really great news. Brian will always be the "genius" of the Wilson boys, and Carl is one of my favorite vocalists of all time, but Dennis had quite a bit more musical ability than he is often credited with and it's nice to see someone hopefully bringing that to the masses. Pacific Ocean Blue is an often overlooked gem, and it recently received the reissue treatment along with the inclusion of Wilson's previously unreleased follow up Bambu.
Unfortunately like so many others, Dennis Wilson fell prey to his demons. At the age of 39 he drowned in Marina Del Rey harbor after a day of drinking back in 1983. As if that wasn't tragic enough Wilson is reported to have jumped in the water to retrieve some possessions he had thrown overboard from his boat a few years before. The good news is it seems like Miller, who directed 2008's Bottle Shock, has a good grasp of his subject.
"Dennis was a pained and tortured soul, yet brilliant and loved dearly by so many who knew him," says Miller. "This film has the makings of a tour-de-force performance in the hands of the right actor. As a director, I search for stories that expose the soul of a character in new territories that excite me as a filmmaker."
Feel like testing the waters of the latest Adam McKay directed Will Ferrell starring comedy The Other Guys? Sure you do. Here's four and a half minutes of footage from the film that aired at Comic-Con. Joining Ferrell on screen are Mark Wahlberg, Samuel Jackson, Dwayne Johnson, Rob Riggle, Steve Coogan and the incomprable Michael Keaton. Hot on the heels of his fantastic voice work as Ken in Toy Story 3, it's safe to say Michael Keaton can bump LL Cool J as loud as he wants.
I was able to read an early copy of the script and there's quite a bit of funny to go around, keep on the lookout for a few odd jobs for Keaton's character. As a huge fan of the McKay/Ferrell catalog I'm happy to report that the plot is even reasonably ambitious, and has all the necessary components for a quality buddy cop comedy. And Will Ferrell. The Other Guys hits theatres this Friday. [via filmdrunk]
Grunt ..... chisel ..... drink vitamin water ..... be buff. Wipe sweat from brow. Repeat.
Oh, don't mind me, I was just doing a bunch of working out and stuff, you know, getting all ripped since apparently that's what Natalie Portman is in to. I've even encased a big mallet type thingy in cement and have since been trying to pull it out. That's what she said.
Anyhoo the video below is a bunch of footage that was shown to the fanboy masses at this year's Comic-Con. It plays a bit like the world's longest trailer but there's too much boring stuff to really consider it that. Either way Thor is "pretty cut for a crazy, homeless person". That might not even be the best line here so make sure you have your goggles set to zinger mode.
You want the synopsis? You can't handle the synopsis!
Marvel Studios expands its film universe with a new type of superhero: THOR. This epic adventure spans the Marvel Universe; from present day Earth to the realm of Asgard. At the center of the story is The Mighty Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment. Once here, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth. Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy epic which stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the ancient Norse god, Tom Hiddleston as his evil brother Loki, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, a young woman who befriends Thor on Earth, and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor's father and king of Asgard. Expect to see agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., previously seen in ''Iron Man,'' to make an appearance, further forshadowing the coming of The Avengers!
The advertisement for another movie/film will be released on May 6, 2011 so you can expect a boatload of promo material in the future. Preferably with less Iron Man references although I have my doubts. What are your impressions of Thor and The Case Of The Beautiful Hair?
In a perfect world Between Two Ferns would air weekly, on every channel. The program would be an hour long, and Tony Danza would serve as the overjoyed sidekick. I bring this up simply because the new episode of the awkward heavy interview show contains a heavy dose of awesome.
The latest to take a seat surrounded by plants of the class Filicinae is Steve Carell, who costars with host Zach Galifianakis in Dinner For Schmucks. The curveball this time around being Carell's preparation for the interview, and his steadfast refusal to be made a fool. Looks like there is some channeling of Prison Mike here because you gotta admit some of the fat jokes are a bit over the line, nobody should ever be allowed to bring up G-Force again.
Quite a bit to take in but it definitely looks very Zack Snyder-y. This is the first original film from the director of Watchmen and 300 and although it looks like bizarre might rule the day, that might not be a bad thing as dragons and ninja swords are always promising. I just know I'm going to get a headache if they don't slow down some of the cuts in the trailer. It almost makes me long for the days of dial up modems.
Neuroses! Woody Allen! Philosophy! Self Doubt! Affairs! Woody Allen!
I'm thinking that should be the tag line for every future Woody Allen movie. Quite a cast but it still seems like the same movie he's made twenty times already. Also quite possibly the most annoying voice-over I can remember.
Let's file this under extremely interesting. In a possible career rejuvenation for the latter, Larry Charles is set to direct Jim Carrey in the comedy heist film Pierre Pierre. Jim Carrey being ridiculous with a ridiculous director? Color me intrigued. Steal my painting then distort my face all funny Deadline:
Larry Charles, who steered Sacha Baron Cohen through audacious comic turns in Bruno and Borat, is now ready to do the same for Jim Carrey. Charles has signed on to direct Pierre Pierre, a comedy that has Carrey playing the role of a Frenchman who transports a stolen painting from Paris to London, behaving more obnoxiously than any waiter you've ever encountered at Cannes.
It's no secret the man responsible for my favorite Firemarshall has had a rough go of it lately. His 2009 film I Love You Phillip Morris has had plenty of issues trying to even get in front of audiences, while the Robert Zemeckis motion captured A Christmas Carol didn't exactly tear up the box office. On the other end of the spectrum comes the recent history of the films Larry Charles has directed, more specifically the two films starring Sascha Baron Cohen Bruno and Borat. In addition to that Charles stays busy with that Curb Your Enthusiasm show.
It seems like a match made in comedy heaven. Carrey is at his best when his comedy is at the forefront, even moreso when it's his currently unparalleled physical brand. The Pierre Pierre script was actually on the Blacklist a couple of years ago, and subsequently had Jason Reitman attached to direct with Carrey set to star. A lot has changed since then but clearly Carrey likes what the role can offer as he seems to have stuck with it. Or maybe the phone's just not ringing too much.
I have two problems with this trailer and then the gushing will begin. First off "the studio that brought you the departed"? Don't remind me I've seen this movie before, at least let me choose my memories. Secondly the last third of the trailer seems to give away quite a bit of what happens, although the writing was on the wall for anyone paying attention.
Now, for the other stuff, this movie looks awesome. Skeletor masks, check; hot chicks, check; explosions, check; Jeremy Renner looking like a badass, check; Don Draper being someone else, check. It really is like the perfect storm of awesome, like The Expendables for guys that don't like going to the gym. Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone was fantastic and it seems like he's upped the ante a bit here with his sophomore effort. What are your thoughts on The Town?